Club dated June 1987
F.C.I. Std. No 286
Country of Origin - United States of America.
GENERAL APPEARANCE - The American
Staffordshire Terrier should give the impression of great strength
for his size, a well put-together dog, muscular, but agile and
graceful. He should be stocky, not long-legged or racy in outline.
CHARACTERISTICS - (Not specified.)
TEMPERAMENT - Keenly alive to
his surroundings. His courage is proverbial.
HEAD AND SKULL - Head medium length,
deep through, broad skull, very pronounced cheek muscles, distinct
stop. Muzzle medium length, rounded on upper side to fall away
abruptly below eyes. Jaws well defined. Under jaw to be strong
and have biting power. Lips close and even, no looseness. Nose
definitely black, Dudley nose undesirable.
EYES - Dark and round, low down
in skull and set far apart. Light or pink eyes undesirable. No
EARS - Set high. Ears should be
short and held rose or half pricked. Full drop to be penalized...
MOUTH - Upper teeth to meet tightly
outside lower teeth in front. Undershot or overshot mouths undesirable.
NECK - Heavy, slightly arched,
tapering from shoulders to back of skull. No looseness of skin.
FOREQUARTERS - Shoulders strong
and muscular with blades wide and sloping. The front legs should
be straight, large or round bones, pasterns upright. No resemblance
of bend in front. Forelegs set rather wide apart to permit chest
BODY - Back fairly short. Slightly
sloping from withers to rump with gentle short slope at rump to
base of tail. Well sprung ribs, deep in rear. All ribs close together.
Chest deep and broad. Loins slightly tucked.
HINDQUARTERS - Well muscled, let
down at hocks, turning neither in nor out.
FEET - Of moderate size, well-arched
TAIL - Short in comparison to
size, low set, tapering to a fine point; not curled or held over
back. Not docked. Tail too long or badly carried undesirable.
GAIT/MOVEMENT - Must be springy
but without roll or pace.
COAT - Short, close, stiff to
the touch, and glossy.
COLOUR - Any colour, solid, parti,
or patched is permissible, but all white, more than 80% white,
black and tan, and liver not to be encouraged.
SIZE - Height and weight should
be in proportion. Height: Dogs approx 46-48 cms (18-19 ins) at
shoulders Bitches approx 43-46 cms (17-18 ins) at shoulders is
FAULTS - Any departure from the
foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness
with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion
to its degree.
NOTE - Male animals should have
two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.